After taking a weekend break, it took a Muscogee County Superior Court jury less than an hour Monday morning to convict Carlton Steve McKissic of multiple child molestation charges. It took a total of about six hours for a six-man, six-woman jury to convict McKissic of molesting three girls ages 9, 10 and 13 during a sleepover.
McKissic is accused of molesting the girls on March 20, 2012, after serving them beer and having them watch a sex movie, according to testimony.
Now 37, McKissic was convicted of aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation, three counts each of child molestation and three counts of furnishing alcohol to minors. The most serious charges — aggravated sodomy and aggravated child molestation — allegedly involved only the youngest child.
Judge William Rumer set sentencing for 3 p.m. March 24. McKissic, who has one prior felony conviction in Muscogee County and three in Russell County, is facing life in state prison without parole. Assistant District Attorney Wesley Lambertus said he plans to ask Rumer to impose the maximum sentence.
The jury deliberated about five hours Friday before coming in Monday morning. About 8:15 this morning, Jurors viewed a video interview with the youngest victim, who claimed McKissic penetrated her. The video had previously been played for the jury Thursday during part of the defense's case.
Defense attorney Robin King had argued Friday the witnesses were not believable.
"The jury wanted to hear the youngest victim again," Lambertus said. "The credibility of the case rested with her. And she was believable."
King also argued that there was a conspiracy from McKissic's wife, another adult and the children to accuse him of the crime. Lambertus said the case was solid from the start.
"The evidence was there," the prosecutor said. "The hardest part is the lack of physical evidence."